Sunday, February 5, 2012

Pleasing Pasta Salad

First chop vegetables. Any you choose, I chopped: red onion, yellow onion, yellow pepper, orange pepper, green pepper, pickles, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, chives. You can also add: artichokes, olives, whatever other veggies you like.

This makes the chopping a LOT easier:

Then I cook the pasta, any kind, I chose bowties (2 boxes) & 1/2 bag colored bowties. Cook in salted water. When pasta is al dente, drain, rinse with cold water & toss with olive oil. I make ahead of party, so put in plastic & toss with a little salt/pepper & Italian dressing also. I then add the chopped vegetables & refrigerate until ready to toss with dressing & serve.

Tossed with vegetables/oil, ready to refrigerate until just before party:

I make the dressing separately. I added about a cup 1/2 Mayo, 1/2 cup sour cream, tbsp mustard, tbsp sugar, apple cidar vinegar & whisk together. Keep in container in fridge until ready to mix with pasta:

Mix together mayo mixture & pasta just before serving. I also added some lawry's seasoning salt & little italian dressing. I shredded parmesan cheese & tossed with pasta also. Toss all together:

Doesn't look the best (picture), but got a LOT of compliments on this pasta salad! Some people said they don't even like pasta salad that much & really liked this one. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

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